WINTRY weather is upon us and the NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding us all that one of the best ways to make sure you stay well this winter, is to keep warm.
In 2012/13 there were approximately 31,100 deaths during the winter period, the elderly who may be frail or have existing health issues, are in particular danger.
Dr Johnathan Griffiths, Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG, said: “We are asking everyone to remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk this winter. Wearing suitable clothing, ideally several thin layers and heating homes to at least 18C during the winter months can help reduce the risk of becoming ill from cold indoor temperatures.
“If you have reduced mobility, are over 65, or have health conditions such as heart or lung disease, having the room temperature slightly higher than 18C could be good for your health.”
The GP out-of-hours service ‘Choose Well’ is there if you, a relative, friend or neighbour become unwell over the long Christmas weekend and require medical advice. It is available 24 hours a day by calling NHS 111, but please ensure you do not go to A&E or ring 999 if it’s not an emergency.
Top tips to keep warm and well throughout the winter
- Keep the room/s you spend most of the time in heated to at least 18C
- Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you are eligible get it now, it’s free because you need it
- Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold
- Check the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies
- Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active
- Wear several thin layers of clothing rather than one thick layer and when you need to go outside wear shoes with good grip soles